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  • Emerging pattern of SL judicial proceedings needs perusal Read more >

    Emerging pattern of SL judicial proceedings needs perusal

    When gunmen killed the Changkaanai temple priest in 2010, the commander of the occupying Sinhala military in Jaffna, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe, first accused former LTTE cadres, later said SL Army gun borrowed from corrupt troops was used by former LTTE carders, and subsequently all the arrested – two SLA personnel and two alleged former militants […]

  • Govt. violating the rights of the people Read more >

    Govt. violating the rights of the people

     ”Is this a clear message by the government to the judiciary to say the least – “we appointed you and you better look after our interests at all instances and if you step out of line this is the fate that you or your members of the family would be faced with”?” By Upul Jayasuriya […]

  • Mohan Priris ordered to testify in Pregeeth case Read more >

    Mohan Priris ordered to testify in Pregeeth case

    Prageeth The Appeals Court today (May 31) heard the case of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda’s disappearance.  The court gathered to receive an update of the current proceedings at the Magistrate Court in Homagama.  The Magistrate had made an order May 17 to summon former Attorney General Mohan Peiris for testimony.Testimony would revolve around a statement he […]

  • Sri Lanka: US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 Read more >

    Sri Lanka: US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011

     EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Sri Lanka is a constitutional, multiparty republic. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was reelected to a second six-year term in January 2010, and the parliament, which was elected in April 2010, share constitutional power. The government is dominated by the president’s family; two of the president’s brothers hold key executive branch posts as defense secretary […]

  • AG’s threat to Hirunika Premachandra – AHRC Read more >

    AG’s threat to Hirunika Premachandra – AHRC

    The BBC Sinhala service reported yesterday ( May 22),  that during Magistrate’s court proceedings relating to Bharata Lakshman Premachandra’s murder, the court was informed by counsel that his daughter Hirunika will be charged by the Attorney General’s department for contempt of court for breaking coconuts after court proceedings on a previous day.According to the report, […]

  • Hirunika writes to the President Read more >

    Hirunika writes to the President

    Hirunika Premachandra, the daughter of Late Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra says that the power of the people’s mandate should be used in a just manner for the benefit of the public.She had expressed these sentiments in a letter addressed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Hirunika Premachandra has commenced her letter to the President quoting a note from her […]

  • EU wants fair trial for long term detainees in Sri Lanka Read more >

    EU wants fair trial for long term detainees in Sri Lanka

    The European Union has called for a fair trial for long term detainees in Sri Lanka. Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with countries in South Asia, Jean Lambert, has told Xinhua that the EU parliament’s position on long term detainees in Sri Lanka is that they should be either charged or released.Several […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Democracy in Peril  – Weliamuna Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Democracy in Peril – Weliamuna

    ‘Rule of Law, means everything is done according to law, is our constitution followed, no. why even the 13th amendment of the constitution is not followed, what about 17th amendment when it was in force. How many times, the executive betrayed the constitution by not appointing members to constitutional council?’  “We in Sri Lanka in […]

  • Dicision on Mohan Peiris on 17th May

    The Court case in relation to the disappearance of Journalist Prageeth Ekneliyagoda was taken up for hearing at the Appeals Court in Colombo on April 24. The hearing opened as the Sandhya’s attorney explained the proceedings of the case held at the Magistrate Court in Homagama on March 26.  Sandhya’s attorney pointed out that he […]

  • Judge Warawewa says request for extension refused .

    High Court Judge W.T.M.P.B. Warawewa has revealed that a request made by the Attorney-General’s Department to further extend his term of office by a year to enable him to hear several pending cases has been refused by the Chief Justice.  “The Attorney General’s Department requested that I be reappointed to hear and conclude several important […]

  • “I have always worked according to my conscience.” .

    The letter informing me of the date of the interview had been delivered to my Colombo office address. However on the very last day before the date on which the interviews were to be held I suddenly decided to come to Colombo to meet some friends. As I opened the letter, I found that the […]

  • Ex-AG Mohan Peiris as witness: Court will decide on May 17 .

    In the magisterial inquiry into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda, Homagama Magistrate T.G.S.A. Perera on Monday reserved order for May 17, whether or not to call former Attorney General (AG) Mohan Peiris as witness, The Magistrate reserved the order after the prosecution challenged the validity of the transcript copy of the statement made by […]

  • FR petition against website blockade put off for 3rd time

    The Supreme Court has put off until May 19 a fundamental rights petition against the blockade of certain websites.The Free Media Movement has filed the petition.At a hearing yesterday (Mar. 29), representatives of citizens groups propagating the right to information were present at the court. A panel of lawyers led by J.C. Weliamuna is appearing […]

  • Judiciary humiliated by certain judges – ex-judge

    Former high court judge W.T.M.P.B. Warawewa accuses certain judges of having failed to maintain the dignity of their profession and having no self-strength.  He was speaking in Colombo at a felicitation organized in his honour by the young lawyers association.The former judge alleged certain judges did not know their independence, unaware of justice and would […]

  • Katunayake savage police attack – fundamental rights petition to be heard

    The fundamental rights petition filed before the Supreme Court by 13 employees of Katunayake Free Trade Zone claiming their fundamental rights were violated when police attacked the peaceful agitation carried out by the employees against a fraudulent pension scheme the government attempted to force on private sector employees will be heard.The Supreme Court took this […]

  • Report on Roshen’s killing cached

    It is revealed that the human rights report regarding Roshen Chanaka who was killed when police opened fire at a peaceful agitation carried out by employees of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone has been cached. The employees carried out the agitation opposing an attempt by the government to arbitrarily introduce a pension scheme for private […]

  • Vijaya assassination: Politics kills police professionalism

    Tassie Seneviratne In an earlier article I outlined how high-profile interference frustrates police professionalism. In this context the Vijaya Kumaratunga assassination case is another that deserves elaboration. Vijaya Kumaratunga was a film idol who started politics in the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP). He married Chandrika Bandaranaike in 1978 and joined the Sri Lanka Freedom […]

  • Lorry driver allowed to proceed with FR petition against TID

     He worked for Army IntelligenceThe Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights violation application filed by Kandegedara Priyawansa, a lorry driver from Nuwara Eliya, who had worked in the Intelligence Unit of the Sri Lanka Army.The petitioner had said that the Terrorist Investigation Unit had arrested him on February 27, 2010, […]

  • President terminates justice Warawewa’s services

     President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to terminate the services of Colombo High Court judge W.T.M.P.B. Warawewa.  He had been on one-year extension until yesterday (Jan. 31) following a request by the attorney general last year.  That was to enable him to be a member in the panels that heard the ‘white flag’ case against former […]

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